How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

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Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our … [Read more...]

A Weekend of Bohemian Serenity with the Kids in Beacon, New York

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I've had a penchant for the Hudson Valley since I moved to New York. There's a peaceful aura there that you don't get it living in or near NYC, and it's got a bohemian vibe.  The combination can be quite radical when you're no country bumpkin like myself. Located on the Hudson River just 60 miles north of NYC, this small town has a cozy feeling that’s sprinkled with art, culture, Victorian architecture, good food, boutique shopping and the outdoors.  On a recent trip with my kids, I was thrilled to find a variety of ways to spend the day.  We found … [Read more...]

Minted: Design Your Own Stationary with Art from Around the World

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A few weeks ago came across a new line of stationary that caught my eye instantly.  You have to understand that I am not typically into design - I tend to buy a lot of Hallmark cards.  I have never really discovered a line that excited me.  But this card made me linger and want to explore the line futher: A totally new concept for me has come into my life: Indie stationary.  Made by a company called Minted, a design-your-own stationery site, these pieces of stationary are made by designers all over the world, in 43 countries.  Minted believes that … [Read more...]

Visiting Storm King Art Center with Kids

Storm King Arts Center

Last weekend I finally managed to visit a place I had been longing to explore: Storm King Art Center, located at Old Pleasant Hill Road in Mountainville, NY.  It's a short ride from NYC (1-1/2 hours) and makes a day trip from the city or from other parts of the Tri-State region.  If you're a modern art fan, you've probably been to the Dia in Beacon.  It's an equally satisfying visit and we met many NYC natives up for a visit. Storm King is a 500-acre sculpture garden that includes works from very famous sculptors and artists such as Henry Moore, Roy … [Read more...]

Introducing Your Kids to Superheroes in Contemporary Art

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I feel blessed to live right near NYC.  Not only can I enjoy what NYC has to offer but every now and then something unique ends up right outside my door.  This one happens to be in Riverdale, New York and appeals to the culture vulture part of me. Elisa Contemporary Art presents My Hero, a new art exhibit focusing on Superheroes in today’s contemporary art. The exhibit runs though March 31st, 2012 and the gallery will be offering workshops to introduce the work to children later this month and in March. From the days of Greek and Roman Gods and … [Read more...]

Our Visit to the London Museum of Jewish Life

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I'm very interested in Jewish life around the world, so on our recent visit to London when my kids and had just a few hours to do some exploring, I led them to the city's Jewish Museum called the London Museum of Jewish Life.  Located in one of my favorite London neighborhoods, Camden, it was rather easy for us to get to from our hotel in Belsize Park in an old Victorian building. The museum was founded in 1983 as the Museum of the Jewish East End with the aim of rescuing and preserving the disappearing heritage of London's East End – the heartland of … [Read more...]

NYC with Kids: Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at MOMI

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Jim Henson, the internationally known creative figure whose work encompassed film, television, and puppetry, made elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, and environments. A major exhibition devoted to his work, Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, will open at Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday, July 16, 2011 and continue through Monday, January 16, 2012. For itsNew York run, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition will be enhanced by an array of programs, talks, and performances, including special screenings, personal appearances … [Read more...]

FREE NYC with Kids: 2011 Dumbo Arts Festival

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The DUMBO Arts Festival returns this year to showcase local, national and international artwork amidst the spectacular backdrop of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges and the New York Cityskyline.  The multidisciplinary Festival will include visual and performance art, open studios, music and literature, family programming and more.  The Festival runs from September 23-25, 2011, in the DUMBO neighborhood ofBrooklyn, New York. The Festival, currently in its 15th year, will present artwork in DUMBO studios, galleries, storefronts, performances venues, … [Read more...]

L.A. Family Fun Tip: The Zimmer Children’s Museum

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The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, featuring hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. An interactive space for learning, play, imagination, and exploration, our exhibits, some of which have Jewish themes, offer hours of fun and discovery. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, … [Read more...]

Guest post: Gibney Dance RETROSPECTIVE Concert

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Gibney Dance celebrates 20 years of evocative choreography with a retrospective season at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. Retro-ACTIVE will showcase Gina Gibney’s richly textured and intellectually challenging choreography featuring excerpts from Several Truths (2001), Time Remaining (2002), unbounded (2005), Thrown (2004), and View Partially Obstructed (2009). Curated by current company members Natsuki Arai, Andrew Avery, Courtney Drasner, Lily Ockwell and Joshua Palmer, four of these five pieces were adapted to include male dancers. Ailey Citigroup … [Read more...]